I have tried taking even less than prescribed since finding out I was pregnant and a day here or there with taking one or the other as well no AMBIEN. It makes me so sick and miserable and is painful. I want to obviously be as safe as I can for myself but most importantly the pregnancy. I have already seen my obgyn and have an upcoming appointment to see my regular physician and plan on discussing my concerns. In the meantime I am worried because I don't want to risk harming the baby. I have been on these medications for about 3-4 years and would really appreciate any suggestions or advice.
2 Oct 2012
I have no idea where you live, but I felt I should let you know that many states have a law that if a baby is born addicted to any type of narcotic, either prescribed or non-prescribed, the hospital is compelled to contact Child Protective Services. You should ask your OB whether this is the case in your state as part of your decision making process as to whether or not to stay on your medications. Should you choose to stay on your meds, even at a reduced level, make sure your OB is on board with this and the hospital staff is aware of all medications prior to the birth. Should you continue to take the narcotics during your pregnancy, your baby will be born addicted and will require specialized treatment after birth to assist with the withdrawals.
20 Oct 2012
anonymous,im so sorry you're in this position.unfortunately so am i,im 6 weeks pregnant and have been on opiate pain meds for years,and while most everyone that posted is right about your baby being born opiate dependant,what wasnt said is that if you stop taking your meds you risk a spontaneous miscarriage.if you are truly on prescribed pain medicine there should be no problem letting your doctor know what your concerns are,however if your using anything you are not prescribed you should know there is a possibility of a state agency stepping in after the birth.there are places you can find help there is a specialized treatment center in newport called the rose and i've heard oregon has a wonderful public health program that specializes in this problem.i've heard most doctors will keep you on a small amount of opiates until delivery and then detox the baby,however either way you need to pick a doctor you trust and talk this over,please don't attempt to stop your meds,even by tapering off!again im sorry and i wish you the best of luck
7 Oct 2012
Hi & Congrats! First I'm not a Dr & u obviously need your drs opinion but I am n the same boat as u. I'm just over 8 wks pregnant. I was on bc but it failed. I went 2 the Dr ASAP 2 make sure we came up w/ the best solution 4 me right away. I was on Opana 4 extended.release & percocet for short acting. My pain Dr/surgeon & I decided to cut out Opana & percocet bcs both were level "C" drugs. N my case opana is a c bcs its newer & percocet mainly bcs of the tylenol. In its place I was given oxycodone immediate release(same as percocet w/tylenol). My pain Dr explained that w/ different drugs they r trouble n different parts of pregnancy. Most pain meds w/ tylenol including norco & percocet r level c bcs if u take 2 much u or the fetus can overdose but the main danger is n 3rd trimester bcs of the babys withdraw syndrome.
With this said I know I am currently taking way 2 much bcs I stopped taking topamax & nerve pills cold turkey & cut my muscle relaxers too. What I am supposed 2 b doing is after a few weeks weening myself down on the oxycodone so by the end of 2nd trimester I am not takg much. There is a DANGER n weening off during pregnancy tho bcs your baby gets used to the drug & may go thru distress in utero & it can cause miscarriage or early birth if u ween off 2 fast or close 2 the end of pregnancy. So u need 2 talk to pain specialist & OB & decide a realistic & safe speed to ween off & if maybe a tylenol free pain med is a better option. How far along r u? Is there a reason u r on 2 short.acting pain meds?
Good luck! Talk to your team of drs & u can find a safe plan. Over all if u r not sleeping & not comfortable, 2 a reasonable extent, neither will your baby b & this will cause distress!
21 Oct 2012
You have received great respones to your question, & I think you already knew the answer, but I am going to give you the info from the manufactures for these drugs during pregnancy,. I also agree you need to speak with both your doctors so you can safely lower the doses of these drugs so your baby is safe. Hope this helps you abit...
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Ambien will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Zolpidem can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. The sedative effects of Ambien may be stronger in older adults. Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 18 years of age.
See also: Ambien pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Norco is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Norco. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Norco without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
See also: Norco pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Percocet is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Before you take Percocet, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Acetaminophen and oxycodone may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Percocet without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
See also: Percocet pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
7 Oct 2012
Actually... I would say that no it's not safe to take these meds during pregnancy! But you need to talk to your OB/GYN and the doctor who is prescribing these meds. Honestly, you should not take ANY medication during pregnancy! and taking opiates and Ambien during pregnancy is not safe for your baby! Your baby can be born addicted and believe me, you do not want that!! so I would think twice before taking these drugs while pregnant! Most doctors would not even advise you to become pregnant if you are on these medications.
2 Oct 2012
Dear wishonastar, generally speaking, the least amount of meds you can be on while pregnant is best for the baby, BUT, you need to let the obgyn know NOW, so they can come up with the best plan for you and the baby. None of these meds you mention are easy to just stop, and your obgyn should make the decision if you should stop them. Please call the OBGYN today and let them know of the meds, so you can get to work on this as soon as possible. Best of luck. Patti
2 Oct 2012
Dear wishigonastar, Patti has given you very good advice. These are some
serious medications and please call Both Dr.s today and let both know of
your pregnancy so they can both be on board, to ensure the healh of you & your precious little one. Of couse--Congratulations! D- Squared*
13 Aug 2013
I have been told by my OB that the ambien is ok to take since I have been on it and it is something they give women later in pregnancy to help them sleep. I am trying to switch over to benadryl though because it is category B. The percocet she has also approved for my kidney stones. She did say that she would not want me to take it unless I had to in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy for fear of dependency.
2 Oct 2012
welcome to the sight, i would like to agree with patti as well these are some serious, addictive, potent medications, and as patti mention are hard to just stop if u have been taking them for awhile, i would definitely not put it off any longer and contact the doctor/ob gyn right away like now... i can't see a doctor wanted you to be taking narcotics while pregnant that is my opinion..the best of health to u and your baby
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